Team Secret’s series against Vici Gaming saw Secret making base defense plays to finally win game one. During the 44-minute mark of the first game, Zeng “Ori” Jiaaoyang’s Magnus was able to catch out Lasse “Matumbaman” Urpalainen’s Slark with an opportune Reverse Polarity ultimate.
After taking down two Team Secret heroes, VG decided to use their Aegis of the Immortal advantage and push into the Radiant base.
After taking down Secret’s middle lane set of Barracks, VG decided to shift to the bottom lane where Zhou “Yang” Haiyang caught Clement “Puppey” Ivanov’s Lich with Legion Commander’s Duel. VG’s aggression gave Ludwig “zai” Whalberg the opening to cast his Underlord’s Pit of Malice, which set up an amazing Echo Slam from Yazied “YapzOr” Jaradat’s Earthshaker, wiping out Vici Gaming’s heroes.
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VG decided to continue playing aggressively despite not having buybacks. They then tried to take down Matumbaman’s Slark with a Duel attempt from Yang, but it was quickly countered by Team Secret. VG’s offensive strategy cost them the first game of the series.